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Yorkshire Car drivers-BEWARE of the M62 Speed Camera Gantries

Yorkshire Car drivers BEWARE of M1 and M62 Speed Cameras

So, I am a resident of Kirklees and have been a user of the M62 motorway ever since it was built. In my opinion it has been a great asset to the people of West Yorkshire and Lancashire. In fact I do not know what we would have done. Including, how the roads would have coped without this motorway.

Yorkshire Car drivers

Yorkshire Car drivers be aware Part of the M62 traffic management system in West Yorkshire

The big problem with the motorway, as we all know is the stretches between junction 25 (Brighouse turn off) and junction 27 (Gildersome turn off). Over the years this stretch has many accidents and hold ups, making it one of the major black spots on the UK motorways. It came as great relief to the Yorkshire Car drivers, “including myself”, when it was announced that this section of the M62 was to be upgraded and turned into a controlled system, similar to the one in Birmingham on the M 42 and part of the M 1 Motorway south of Sheffield.

50 MPH Road works

The work began about three years ago and we were all subjected to a 50 mph speed limit and many delays due to accidents and vehicles breaking down. Eventually the work progressed and we started to see the rise of the gantries covered in Motorway Traffic Cameras over the road, which would be used to control the traffic in the various lanes. I could not wait and gradually the work was competed and the speed signs directing us to what speed we should be doing.


In my opinion I think the new system is really good and it is nice to see some development on the road system for the Yorkshire Car drivers in the North where I think that in the past we have been heavily neglected by various Governments in all fields of investment. As I drive all around the country I cannot believe the investment that has been poured into the South and places like Wales and Scotland, I truly think that we have been starved of money here in West Yorkshire at the hands of politicians to please other regions of the country.

However we must not complain the car driving population of Yorkshire have now got a new controlled section of the great M62, knowing that we will see less holdups and witness less delays.

Keep your car speed bellow 70 mph?

There is however one thing that we should all watch out for, “DON’T TAKE YOUR CAR ABOVE THE 70 MPH LIMIT”. It is now known that when the gantry lights are off that the speed cameras are still working and have been “flashing” drivers who have been exceeding the speed limit. I am an older driver and rarely take my car over the limit, but there are thousands of Yorkshire Car drivers who think that the limit is now 80 mph. So when you are driving your car on this section of the M62 beware, the speed cameras are there to get you.

Speed Camera gantry signs now in operation ?

As an update I have observed that the gantries are regularly switched onto the white cross over each lane. Signifying the no speed limit signs . The information box on top says “Speed Camera”. In my opinion this is a good developments ! Because I presume that this is a clear signal and any driver exceeding 70 MPH will be flashed and prosecuted. Other gantries will not be be switched on as “Speed Cameras” . So giving a definitive line not to cross ?

According to the Huddersfield Examiner “West Yorkshire Police refused to comment further but the Highways Agency has now confirmed the new £150 m overhead gantry system between Huddersfield and Leeds CAN catch speeding Yorkshire Car drivers, even when it is not being used to slow the traffic”…More Reading…

Article written by Eric Roberts…

Eric Roberts

Hi I would like to introduce myself. I have worked in the Garage and tyre and Battery business now for 40 years. Subsequently, I have worked for a couple for national tyre companies in my younger days. Of course before starting my first business. Happily owning and running my own garage and MOT testing centre. Naturally, here in the UK called Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre. So and I am a keen blogger about anything to do with cars. Including, their related products that will help my business grow. Finally, we are members of Point-S and Trading Standards. Also a Unipart Car Care Centre and of course Tyre-safe.


WASTE TYRE TALK- 4 Ways to Use an old tyre- to get rid of your spare tyre? and KEEP FIT


WASTE TYRE TALK-Keeping fit using an old car spare tyre

Hot ‘n’ Healthy: Use a spare tyre to lose a spare tyre
Savannah Morning News
WASTE TYRE TALK-Looking for a fun and effective new piece of exercise equipment to burn fat and sculpt lean muscle?


Eric Roberts‘s insight:


This is a great way to use an old spare tyres.

I have seen ways of using old tyres . Including “how to keep fit” . Helping to “Get Rid of your Spare Tyre“. Especially, in recent times. Reminding me of when I was a young tyre fitter in my twenties. Consequently, I worked for a


WASTE TYRE TALK-Fitting giant tyres like this certainly kept my weight down.

company in Leeds called Kurt Neilds. Then owned by Goodyear . Fitting Earthmover tyres for a living. The job was fantastic. We lifted and carried the giant tyres on Euclid Earthmovers and other giant plant hire vehicles, such as Cat Earth-movers like the Cat 631s and Terex dump trucks; we were as”fit as fiddles” and got paid for it as well.

I only weighed 11 stone and could eat what I wanted

Of course,it is no wonder that the use of tyres.  Have been taken up by sportsmen and women to help them exercise. I was impressed at the way rugby union players. Who can throw these big tyres about ! So now it looks like old tyres are being used for the exercises.

As described in this article from the WASTE TYRE TALK-Savannah Morning News. I am too old to take this up now but if anybody would like some old spare tyres to train with, you can have them for free here in Halifax.

Old waste tyres are now used for all sorts of things. One of the main uses is to make them into rubber crumbs so that they can be made into safe flooring for say, children’s play areas, these are replacing wood chippings that were once used and are much safer for the children to play on. The waste tyre industry also supplies rubber pellets to the cement making companies to power their cement drying kilns. Also large amounts of rubber pellets go into the making of tarmac for our roads, to give a more cushioned ride, and a harder wearing surface, when driven on.

Eric Roberts

Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre offer car and van servicing and repairs to all makes of vehicles. Members of Unipart Car Care centres. Giving a nationwide guarantee for all our work and parts. Also sell General Tyres Online from our website Of course, by using the tyre selector and choosing your tyre size. Offering courtesy cars to local motorists. Needing to go to work and leave their car with us for work doing. Also an official MOT testing station and are members of Trading Standards. Carrying out checks for high standard of equipment and workmanship

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AdBlue Contamination Problem- Experts warn of rising levels of AdBlue contamination

AdBlue Contamination Problem

AdBlue Contamination Problem

AdBlue Contamination Problem

At present the AdBlue solution is produced in the UK and Europe, although there are plans to create other production plants in the UK such as the one owned by “Greenox

I must admit that AdBlue was unheard of. Hence in my small world? As a result it is now common place amongst million of truck, car and van users. Noted by the familiar AdBlue cap. Usually placed next to the diesel fuel filler.

AdBlue cam about when from January 1st 2005. Subsequently, vehicles produced in Europe will have needed to meet even tighter emissions standards, namely Euro 4.

By Adding this additive fuel savings of up to 6% have been boasted. As a result, by some of the leading vehicle manufacturers.

AdBlue Contamination Problem

Many of the vehicle manufacturers. So, are opting for SCR (Selective Catalytic Reduction) as the preferred technology. As a result  (SCR) is an advanced active emissions control technology system. This injects AdBlue through a special catalyst. Of course then into the exhaust stream of a diesel engine. The reductant source is usually automotive-grade urea, otherwise known as AdBlue. The AdBlue then sets off a chemical reaction. Hence, that converts nitrogen oxides into nitrogen, water and tiny amounts of carbon dioxide (CO2). All of course are the natural components of the air that we breathe. This clean mixture of gases is then expelled through the exhaust pipe.

As AdBlue is highly susceptible to contamination unless handled correctly. which has led to some dispute surrounding the creation of new ISO standards. Who should be involved with interaction as to how they should be implemented.


Feather Diesel Services has reported an increase in the number of fuel injector faults where AdBlue has been present in the fuel system. The cross-contamination is often a result of misfuelling the vehicle and even immediate

Source: Experts warn of rising levels of AdBlue contamination – Garagewire

Aircraft Tyres-Delays as Aer Lingus aircraft tyres burst on landing at Cardiff Airport – This is South Wales

Aircraft Tyres

Aircraft Tyres

This is South Wales

Delays as Aer Lingus aircraft tyres burst on landing at Cardiff Airport

This is South Wales

“During the landing a tyre burst occurred and the aircraft came to a stop on the runway,” said Cardiff Airport in a statement.


eric roberts‘s insight:

Wow!! Aircraft Tyres on Planes bursting

This article from This Is South Wales shows that even with every bit of care in the World, things like this can happen. The Aircraft Tyres on our Boeing Aircraft are mainly remoulds. That may surprise some people, but when you think about it, the tyres are not used that often, they are only used for take-off and landing, the rest of the time the tyres are not doing anything, just sitting there in the wheel compartment.

Remould tyres are very safe and indeed are also used on many of our trucks. Some of the leading tyre manufacturers make aircraft tyres including Michelin and Goodyear who also make Goodyear aircraft re-treads. This answers the question Are Remould Tyres Safe, of course they are, or they would not be used on planes.

One of the main Aircraft Tyres re-tread companies in the USA is a company called Desser Aircraft tire and rubber co . They make re-tread tyres for all types of aircraft including Military Jets, So there is no problem in using re-tread tyres for the normal holiday traffic planes that we all use, it’s just that every once in a while we may have a freak accident, like the one in Cardiff Airport in South Wales UK.


Eric Roberts

Hi I would like to introduce myself. Hence, I have worked in the Garage and tyre and Battery business now for 40 years. Including, working for a couple for national tyre companies in my younger days. Before starting my first business. Consequently, I now own a garage and MOT testing centre. Locally here in the UK called Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre. For this reason, I am a keen blogger about anything to do with cars and their related products. Anything that will help my business to grow. We are members of Point-S and Motor-Codes .Also a Unipart Car Care Centre and of course Tyre-safe.


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Unipart Car Care Centre Will Continue to Operate and Stays in Business.

Unipart Car Care Centre

Unipart Car Care Centre Announces Apple Tech Gadget Facebook Contest Newswire (press release) ( — October 8, 2013) Bicester, Oxfordshire –One of the UK’s leading car care specialists, Unipart Car Care Centre (UCCC), has announced the…


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Our Parts and labour guaranteed for 12 months

We as a Unipart Car Care Centre member . Are committed  to give our customers a great service. Hence, the service doesn’t end when you drive out of  our garage. Consequently, as a UCCC member . We believe in lasting quality and unbeatable value. Especially, for our customers. As such, we offer a 12 month – or 12,000 mile – guarantee. Of course, that is applicable on all parts and labour . Thus, on the cars that we have repaired or serviced.

In other words, if we at Pellon Autocentre fit a part incorrectly, or if it’s goes faulty, we will replace and refit it at no added cost, at  our Auto-centre in Halifax or in the UCCC nationwide network of

garages. So you will be able to  drive anywhere at any time here in the UK with complete peace of mind.

Unipart Car Care Centre

Unipart Car Care Centre in Halifax

You can click on the UCCC web site to find your local, customer-approved local garage. Unipart has just recently gone into receivership but the company was in two parts and the part that runs the UCCC  part of the business will still continue to operate which is good news for us here at Pellon Tyres in Halifax Yorkshire UK. here is a recent part of a press release that we have received from Unipart Group

“Unipart Group confirms its commitment to develop the Unipart Car Care Centre proposition to make it even more compelling for both garages and motorists alike.  It is committed to making its network of independent Car Care Centre garages more robust than ever.

Unipart Car Care Centre

As well as maintaining its strong online presence for its members, Unipart Car Care Centre will continue to offer all the existing benefits including the popular Nationwide Guarantee Promise,  Car Care Centre of the Year programme and local marketing support programmes. Over the coming weeks, we will be introducing new offerings that will further enhance the benefits provided to the Unipart  Care Centre network”.

Unipart Group will be continuing to provide Original Equipment quality parts which will be distributed to the Unipart Care Centre and independent garage networks by Andrew Page, The Parts Alliance and Express Factors.

Eric Roberts

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Goodyear Wrangler SUV Tyres-Sponsored feature:Could be Your SUVs best friend Especially in Winter?

Goodyear Wrangler SUV Tyres

Goodyear Wrangler SUV Tyres

Goodyear Wrangler SUV Tyres

Has it happens, I simply love my new Jaguar F Sport SUV. As a garage owner I have never been one for “posh” cars. In fact just the opposite? As a result, I have spent the most of the last 40 years driving about in a van of some sorts. We lease most of our cars. So when the Jaguar came along as a leasing option. Then I could not resist but to get one.

Not that it is very expensive, but the fact is that I still class myself as a middle class working man. Of course, I did feel a bit sad when I went to any trade meetings in my van. Whilst everybody else came along in a nice car. For this reason I decided to go for the Jaguar SUV.

I must confess that the car took a bit of getting used to at first. Therefore, the first thing that I did not like. Consequently, was the Start/Stop system. Fortunately, the Jag gives you the switching off alternative. When I was an apprentice mechanic back in the day. Then we were always taught not to switch you engine off for a short stop. For example at traffic signals. Hence the car would use more fuel switching off, that letting the engine idle.

Goodyear Wrangler SUV Tyres

Subsequently, we are now told the opposite? Another part of the car that I do not like. Thus, is the fact that there is no spare wheel. Just a tin of sealant to try get you out of trouble. This seams like a cop out to me? In fact before winter arrives I will try to source a steel spare wheel that fits.

I am also concerned about the nice big fat summer tyres that are fitted to the car. Naturally they will be great in summer, but it is winter that concerns me? These large SUV’s really do struggle in winter. As a result, I remember the first bad snow fall a couple of years ago? We were inundated with the owners of large SUV’s looking for winter tyres.

These big vehicle were hopeless in snow and ice with their summer tyres. As it happens my jag is fitted with 25555R19 Pirelli P-Zero tyres. From experience, I know that they will be next to useless in winter weather. Especially on ice and snow?

Although the attached excellent article is about the Goodyear Wrangler. So, I am going to fit a set of  “Nokian W3 SUV” tyres. Not that I dont like the Goodyear Wrangler. I just think that they may be noisy on the motorways and dry roads.

However we have fitted the Goodyear+Wrangler+HP+All+Weather tyre in the 25555R19 size in the past with good results. As a result, I do find the Wranglers are more rugged and are extremely durable. Of course, this is why they do not get damaged easily. Hence, they can be used in heavier vehicles such as jeeps and the Land rovers ranges.

Goodyear Wrangler SUV Tyres better for tougher vehicles?

In fact the bigger vehicle companies such as Honda, Mazda, Toyota, and Jeep. happily fit the Wranglers  as their original equipment tyres. This shows that the company is well known and reliable in the market. As a result, their tyres are trusted by some really big car and vehicle companies. But I must add that these would be on the bigger 4×4 type of vehicles.

Goodyear Wrangler SUV Tyres


I prefer to use the less aggressive winter and all-weather car tyres in the correct size of course. That is my reasoning for fitting the excellent Nokian winter products. In fact we were thrilled to get a sale from a customer with a Mercedes SUV. He swore by the Nokian W3 SUV tyres. To the extent that he even gets a better mileage coupled with a better winter grip.

These first hand reports really boost our confidence. Hence, when selling a certain product. But please look at the Goodyear tyre products in the attached article and make up your own minds.

Eric Roberts


How to choose and use the right tyre for your SUV.

Source: Sponsored feature: Your SUVs best friend – Feature – Autocar India

Motor Codes attract more independent garages for Improved Customer satisfaction

Motor Codes

Motor Codes has experienced a surge in interest from independent garages lining up to join the garage endorsement scheme. It experienced a 45% increase in its independent garage subscriber-base in 2013, taking the …


eric roberts‘s insight:

Motor Codes good news for the motorists

This is good news for motoring public of Great Britain. Over the years there have been many attempts to start up schemes similar to Motor Codes, that will protect the motoring public from dishonest garages. Unfortunately none of these have really taken off.

Motor Codes

Look for this motor codes sign for better service

It is something that I have always being looking for in my own garage, but did not find any this type of organizations that were what i would call, genuine?. The other schemes that i looked at always seemed to be tied up with some product or other and you had to buy so much of a certain product, to take part in the scheme, in my opinion this was not very genuine enough reason to be a member, and so I did not take part.

Then a garage scheme known as Motor Codes  that was also recommended by the government here in the UK came along and this ticked all the boxes for me. As soon as i saw what was on offer I became a member. In my opinion this scheme was for the independent garage and their “customer care priorities”.

Motor Codes good for tyre safety

The best way for the motorist is to check out their website and see what  members have to offer car driver of today. The garages that join the scheme have all to be checked on all sorts of things such as safety and good garage practices. But more important they give assurances to our customers, regarding prices and the quality of the parts that we use on their cars for servicing and repairs. To me this part of the deal was the most important to me , the extra protection

Motor Codes

Trading Standards are now part of Motor Codes for greater consumer proection

that our customers would receive in case of a dispute.

Thanks Eric Roberts…

Hi I would like to introduce myself. Working in the Garage and Avon Tyres and Battery business now for 40 years. Also having worked for a couple for national tyre companies in my younger days. Before starting my first business. Of course,I now own a garage and MOT testing centre. Here in the UK called Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre. As a result, I am a keen blogger about anything to do with cars and their related products . Of course, that will help my business. We are members of Point-S and Motor-Codes Also a Unipart Car Care Centre and of course Tyre-safe.

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Your winter tyres-Making sure your ready for your winter tyres – KSHB-Eric Roberts

Your winter tyres

Your winter tyres

Your winter tyres, will help you drive like this in the coming winter


Tips from Toby: Making sure your winter tyres are ready for winter


“The control of the vehicle, you can imagine having three tires at the proper pressure and one that is say 10 pounds or even 15 too low.


eric roberts‘s insight:

Your winter tyres Tips from Eric

Winter is now on its way here in the Northern hemisphere, and if you want to get to work on time and impress your boss, it is time to fit your winter tyres.

Your winter tyres do not only give your car stability in snow, but they also protect you by gripping the road better in very wet conditions and prevent your car from aquaplaning. This is when a film of water forms between the road surface and your tyres, causing your car to lose grip with the road surface.

We always fit Best Winter Tyres to our vehicles and I can guarantee that they make you feel much safer in snow and bad inclement weather, and that’s because they are much safer than summer ones.

Summer tyre lose their suppleness  when the temperature drops below 7 degrees C, whereas Your winter tyres contain silica in the compound, which helps them to be more flexible

Your winter tyres

Yokohama racing experience have given an edge in tyre development.

and aid gripping to the road surface in cold weather. A couple of brands that i would recommend, would be a budget tyre brand called Jinyu and a mid-range tyre brand called Nokian Tyres UKboth these  brands have been tested and proven by us here in Halifax UK, and in many other Winter Tyres Test Results.

Your winter tyres-Thanks Eric Roberts

Hi I would like to introduce myself. As a result, I have worked in the Garage and tyre and Battery business now for 40 years. Having worked for a couple for national tyre companies in my younger days. Before starting my first business. Consequently, I now own a garage and MOT testing centre. Locally, here in the UK called Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre. As a result, I am a keen blogger about anything to do with cars. Including their related products that will help my business. We are members of Point-S and Motor-Codes . Also a Unipart Car Care Centre and of course Tyre-safe.

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Cleaner/Greener Tyres-Save money and the environment with Class A tyres / Nokian Tyres

Cleaner/Greener Tyres


Cleaner/Greener Tyres

Apart from buying the right tyres for your driving style then there are other things to do to be a greener driver.

Keep within speed limits, and avoid sudden stops and starts. If you are always braking suddenly and speeding where ever you can. Consequently,these will increase your cars fuel consumption. Unfortunately, so will having your air conditioning switched on all of the time. Other simple things includes, when the car is in a parking position it makes sense to park within a shaded area. say under some trees or a port. .

Again, make sure that your tyres are above the legal limit. Correct tyre pressures are also a must for greener driving. Tyres should be working the way they are supposed to be. Ultimately you will be cutting fuel emissions. Subsequently, your car will also be safer to drive. When you do need new tyres look for the ratings and choose a make that you can trust. We recommend Nokian tyres and also General tyres made by Continental.

Try not to carry along heavy objects in the boot of your car. Of course this will lead to increased fuel consumption. Sat/navs have become a magic addition to the green motorists tool box. By following the sat/nav instructions you would be saving thousands of pounds a year.

Cleaner/Greener Tyres

Another big plus is to make sure you maintain your vehicle. Including the up-keep of the fuel and air filters. Using the right type of oil for your vehicle will also help to reduce fuel. Changing the oil regularly you will reduce wear on moving parts and your vehicle will run more efficiently.

Make sure your tyres are inflated properly and that they are maintained. Low tyre tread means that you could be driving illegally. With your tyres working the way they are supposed to be. Of course, ultimately you will be cutting fuel emissions and your car will also be safer to drive.

Not everyone amongst us can afford an energy efficient, green car. However there are ways of becoming an eco-friendly driver.Meaning  lower fuel emissions, saving money and less overall impact on the environment.

Be prepared for any journey you take. Ensure you know exactly where you are going and the most direct route to get there. use your sat/nav system if you have one.

Source: Save money and the environment with Class A tyres / Nokian Tyres

Potholes Damage Tyres-every mile on Calderdale Roads – Halifax Evening Courier

Potholes Damage Tyres

Potholes Damage Tyres

‘One pothole every mile’ on roads Halifax Evening Courier It added that UK councils had received 32,600 compensation claims in 2012/13 for everything from potholes ruining wheel rims, to Potholes Damage Tyres and damaging suspension – an increase of 79%…


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Potholes damage tyres

This is the sort of thing that we have been harping on about for years. Year after year we all complain about the potholes but nothing seems to get done.

Potholes Damage Tyres

Potholes Damage Tyres and cause Broken springs which are one of the many problems that can be caused by damaging potholes.

most of the potholes are due to poor road repairs by contractors, but i suppose that the locals councils should have guys to check the contractors workmanship along the way to check their workmanship.

I must admit that this year in the Kirklees district of West Yorkshire, we seem to be having road works coming out of our ears, indeed the main Bradley to Barnsley road was closed for total resurfacing because of the potholes, for at least two weeks, but they have repaired all the horrible potholes and the road is now a pleasure to drive on.

The effects of these potholes are that Potholes Damage Tyres,

Including, wheels and suspension. Especially the coil springs. There are many drivers now  Claiming for Potholes Damage compensation. Putting claims into the local councils for Potholes Damage Tyres . At one stage we were having to fail a large percentage of MOT tests .Because of the broken springs. due to potholes and speed bumps. here in the Halifax area.This excellent article tells of some of the figures and costs relating to these holes in the road.

Eric Roberts

Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre offer car and van servicing and repairs to all makes of vehicles. Therefore,we are members of Unipart Car Care centres. Giving a nationwide guarantee. naturally, for all our work and parts. Selling tyres online from our website Using the tyre selector and choosing your tyre size. Offering courtesy cars to local motorists. Needing  to go to work and leave their car with us for work doing. Also,we are also an official MOT testing station.  Members of Motor-codes, who carry out checks for high standard of equipment and workmanship.